Head of Russian Orthodox Church Dies at 79

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Head of Russian Orthodox Church Dies at 79: Head of Russian Orthodox Church Dies at 79 Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Alexy II, died at his home outside Moscow on Friday at the age of 79. File photo by BGNES

Patriarch of the Russian Orthodox Church, Alexy II, died at his home outside Moscow on Friday at the age of 79, the church reported.

"This is an irretrievable loss for all Russian Orthodox people, wherever they live," speaker of the upper house of the parliament, Sergei Mironov, declared.

Patriarch Alexy II was an establishment figure who restored the authority of the church after decades of Soviet repression and had been a moral authority among millions of Russian believers.

The patriarch had led the world's biggest Orthodox church since 1990.
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FIGMENT - 5 Dec 2008 // 13:14:52

God bless his soul. He is in heaven now.

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